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Object: The Recovery
Series: Picturesque Beauties of Boswell. Part the Second.
Johnson and Boswell sit at a small circular table in a plainly furnished room. Boswell holds his head, leaning on the table, and pointing with his left hand at an open book inscribed 'Twentieth Sunday after Trinity'; he looks with abject supplication at Johnson, who leans back in his chair, his right hand raised as if speaking oracularly. Boswell's forehead is bandaged, his shoes are unlatched, his breeches unbuttoned at the knee, from his coat-pocket protrudes 'Ogden' (see BMSat 7031). A water-bottle and a bowl are on the floor beside him. Johnson wears his top-boots. Above Boswell's head is a picture of a pig under a vine, suffering from a surfeit.
Beneath the title is engraved the passage beginning: '"I awaked at noon with a severe head ach', and ending, 'taking up Mrs M'Kinnon's Prayer-book, I opened it at the twentieth Sunday after Trinity in the epistle for which I read And be not drunk with wine wherein there is excess Some would have taken this as a divine interposition." Vide Journal p. 318' [i.e. pp. 317-18]. 20 June 1786
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Height: 252 millimetres
Width: 271 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
The passage describing the morning of 26 Sept. at Corricnatachin is much abridged. The title on the advertisement continues, 'after a severe drunken Frolick, at Corrichatachin'.
Grego, 'Rowlandson', i. 197.
One of a set of twenty plates, 1864,0309.167 to 186, bound together in an album along with letterpress handbills listing the prints and prices for each part (10s. 6d.).
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